Massive Workforce Increase Needed to Fight Cybercriminals
…driving demand and new opportunities for partners who can fill the void and provide the expertise required to manage and implement security programs for a range of organizations,” Simpson said. “With the heated competition to hire full-time cybersecurity staff, working with MSSPs becomes an realistic alternative for many companies for both short-and long-term support.”
Four main strategies for building the workforce and recruiting new talent include: highlighting training and professional development opportunities; making sure the net is cast as wide as possible for undiscovered talent; attracting new workers such as recent college graduates who have tangential degrees to cybersecurity, or seasoned pros such as consultants and contractors into full-time roles; and strengthening from within by further developing and cross-training existing IT professionals with transferrable skills.
“There’s no sugarcoating it, if we don’t change our approach and start to flip the equation and shrink the gap soon, we’ll only see more harmful cyberattacks that compromise our critical data and the way we live our lives,” Simpson said. “We need to close the gap by making the next generation aware of how great this career is and put it in terms that they understand, find appealing and rewarding.”
According to new research by Comparitech, share prices of breached public companies hit a low point about 14 market days following a breach. Share prices fall 7.27% on average, and underperform on the Nasdaq by -4.18%. Breaches that leak highly sensitive information like credit card and Social Security numbers see larger drops in share price performance on average than companies that leak less sensitive information.